From the Publisher, Daughter of the Moon Goddess synopsis:
A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e , in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm and sets her on a dangerous path—where choices come with deadly consequences, and she risks losing more than her heart.
Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the powerful Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.
Alone, untrained, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the Crown Prince, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the emperor’s son.
To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. When treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, however, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream—striking a dangerous bargain in which she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess begins an enchanting, romantic duology which weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic, of loss and sacrifice—where love vies with honor, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.
My Review: Daughter of the Moon Goddess
Have you found your favorite 2022 read yet?
I absolutely have and it’s Daughter of the Moon Goddess.
Debut novelist, Sue Lynn Tan’s reimagining of Chinese myth is everything and more. She has dipped her pen in an ancient legend, and crafted her very own. It’s a crackle, a spark that kindles into an inferno of lush and vivid prose that will sweep readers into a realm of immortals, magic, and an adventure as epic as the stories told by firelight hundreds of year ago by a revered storyteller whose words conjure pictures as real as the moments lived by those who listen.
A masterpiece that you experience in the thrum of this story. The beat of its heart mesmerizing. With notes that are achingly familiar, exquisite in its tenor as the sounds flood your every sense, pulling and tugging you towards the edge of something breathtaking.
A Few More Thoughts
You won’t be able to resist this story and you shouldn’t. There’s something bewitching about it. We are passengers racing across a terrain foreboding and treacherous. An adventure you want to be part of, to experience with every fiber. Discovering the vastness of choice after choice made by characters who occupy the pages with a resonance that is unforgettable.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a spellbinding debut with a protagonist who jumps off the page fully formed with a vulnerability and tentativeness, but inner strength that makes her real and whole.
The romance, the adventure, the characters, every page is monumental, puncturing us with an effervescence for the second book.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Exceptionally Inked
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|Pub Date||ISBN||Page Count||Publisher||Age Group||Source & Format||Review Posted Online|
|11-Jan-22||978-0063031302||512||Harper Voyager||Adult||NetGalley, Digital Copy & Finished Copy||January 10, 2022|
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